Bluescreek Relocating from North Market to Plain City
The North Market is losing a butcher, but Plain City is gaining a new destination. After 20 years of operations, Bluescreek Farm Meats will be exiting the North Market this weekend, with plans to open a new facility closer to their home farm.
“By having our own market closer to our farm, we will not only be able to service our loyal customers but introduce ourselves to an entire new population that did not prefer to travel to downtown Columbus,” said Bluecressk Co-owner David Smith.
Smith said that while the area surrounding the North Market has grown exponentially in recent years, it’s also caused issues with customer parking and road closures. The owners of Bluescreek also said that last year’s expansion of operating hours at the North Market was a factor in their decision.
“We can’t adequately service our customers and take care of the farm without an optional day off,” said Jamie Smith, Marketing Director at Bluescreek. “We are a family business and we always require a family member be present at the North Market location — that is strong part of our businesses model and always has been.”
￼￼The new Plain City facility, located at 8120 US 42, is currently open and is expanding to include butchery classes, grocery items, a community market, and a restaurant in addition to fresh cuts of locally raised meats. Bluescreek is planning to maintain a North Market presence with a delivery service (details are still being finalizing) through North Market Poultry and Game.
The final day of operation for Bluescreek Farm Meats at the North Market is this Sunday, May 29th from 10 am to 5 pm. North Market Executive Director Rick Harrison Wolfe said that the organization is already in discussion with several local butchers and meat purveyors, so he expects little downtown in filling the gap left by Bluescreek.
“A major part of the North Market Development Authority mission as a non-profit organization is to incubate local businesses and assist them to grow beyond our market walls, and Bluescreek is another success story for that mission,” said Wolfe. “We are proud of the Smith family’s growth and we wish them nothing but the best.”
For more information, visit www.bluescreekfarmmeats.com.